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Protect Yourself From Flu

Last updated: January 19, 2018, 12:14 pm

California and Contra Costa are seeing high levels of flu activity. We remind the community to take the following steps to prevent the spread of flu.

  • Get your flu vaccine
  • Clean hands often with soap and water or with hand sanitizer
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home when you’re sick

People with flu like symptoms should call their health plan's Advice Nurses to get help with self-care or to help them decide if they need to visit an urgent care clinic, make an appointment with their health care provider or go to an emergency room. Rarely is emergency room needed for flu or respiratory issues.

Contra Costa Health Plan members and Contra Costa residents who do not have health coverage can call 1-877-661-6230 and select option 1 to speak to an Advice Nurse.

See more information about flu and flu prevention.

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Ceremony Reunites Contra Costa First Responders with Patients They Rescued

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Note to Editors: The 2nd Annual EMS Survivor's Reunion will be 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8 in Walnut Creek. For event details or to arrange coverage, contact Michelle Voos at or 925-313-9547.

The Contra Costa Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMS), a division of Contra Costa Health Services, will host its second annual EMS Survivors' Reunion on Nov. 8 to connect survivors of catastrophic medical emergencies and the first responders and civilian bystanders who rescued them.

More than 1,000 Contra Costa EMS providers, including emergency ambulance crews, firefighters and hospital emergency department staffs, serve more than 98,000 patients in need of immediate life-saving care each year.

During a ceremony at The Clubhouse at Boundary Oak in Walnut Creek, six survivors will meet their rescuers and have a chance to thank them.

The event will also include awards for first responders recognized for exemplary service in Contra Costa County, and a special recognition for first responders and healthcare volunteers from Contra Costa, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Solano counties who selflessly served communities affected by the recent North Bay fires.

Contra Cost EMS Agency
2nd Annual Survivors Reunion
12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8
The Club House at Boundary Oak, Walnut Creek
RSVP, Questions: Michelle Voos, or 925-313-9547

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